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How can I stop a cold sore?

How can I stop a cold sore?

Options: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are generally caused by the herpes simplex virus 1 which is related to herpes simplex virus 2 that causes genital herpes. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact. They can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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How can I stop a cold sore from coming up overnight?

How can I stop a cold sore from coming up overnight?

Probably not stop..: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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Will zinc stop a cold sore?

Will zinc stop a cold sore?

No...: Zinc might help get rid of common cold/flu symptoms but has no beneficial effect in the treatment or prevention of a cold sore commonly caused by herpes simplex type 1. ...Read more

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Will amoxicillan stop a cold sore?

No help for virus: Cold sores, usually caused by a variety of viruses (most famous among which is the dreaded herpes simplex virus) are unaffected by antibiotics which are designed in the lab to attack the bacterium. Since viruses are not actually cells themselves and instead insert themselves into your body's cells, antibiotics are useless. You should get either a swab or a blood test to determine if indeed hsv. ...Read more

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How can you stop a cold sore from getting bigger?

How can you stop a cold sore from getting bigger?

See dentist early: S/he can use laser eneregy to halt progression of the lesion if caught in the prodromal ("wormy" or "chapped feeling") stage of the lesion. Some medications work, but the best thing to do is not touch/aggravate the lesion. Active lesions are highly contagious. ...Read more

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How to take care of big cold sore?

How to take care of big cold sore?

Laser treatment: The best way is laser treatment if the sore just developed. If the sore is beginning to scab just keep the area moist to prevent the scab from bleeding and cracking. ...Read more

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How can I stop my cold sore. Help!?

Herpes: Three are there common prescription medications to treat herpes. I often, in my patients who have common or frequent outbreaks, put them on medication to suppress outbreaks. Most physicians can manage this for you very easily. ...Read more

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How can I stop this upcoming cold sore?

Cold sores: Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). Laser treatments are also used to treat cold sores. ...Read more

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How should you make a cold sore stop hurting?

How should you make a cold sore stop hurting?

Options: Your doctor can prescribe valtrex (valacyclovir). Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) has been shown in european studies to help expedite healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation w lysine 1, 000mg orally 3x a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your dermatologist can also provide laser treatments. ...Read more

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Are most first time cold sore outbreaks usually big?

Are most first time cold sore outbreaks usually big?

No: No not necessarily but it could be. It might start as an outbreak or just a small lesion. ...Read more